Trail of Dead announce new album and share new song about the trail of dead in Syria

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are fed up with the apathy to Real World Events (non-Olympic) that they feel “has plagued the independent music scene for over a decade” (starting exactly a month after Fugazi released The Argument). They are fed up and, unsurprisingly, they are so angry they could easily leave a trail of dead in their grumpy wake. But that would hinder the point that …AYWKUBTTOD are trying to make: the independent music scene needs to start giving a shit about Real World Issues like the Syrian civil war and its accompanying massacres. Like, right NOW, right now. So they’ve released “Up To Infinity” (via Pitchfork) which is about the Syrian civil war, and they hope it helps YOU to start giving a shit, to start mobilizing on issues, and to do somthing about Real World Problems. They’ve already made a song about it, but what are YOU going to do now?

“Up To Infinity” will also see release on …AYWKUBTTOD’s forthcoming eighth studio album Lost Songs, put out by Richter Scale/Superball Music and available October 23. Getting even more serious about Real World Issues, frontman Conrad Keeley said the album was inspired by the band’s shared belief that “tyranny and despotism suffered by any people, anywhere, is intolerable and should not be treated as an internal matter, but completely justifies intervention by the international community.” For real, though.

In case you want to get more involved in Real World Events, check out …And you Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead on their tour. Dates listed below:

11.04.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.10.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.15.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.16.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11.17.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
11.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.20.12 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
11.21.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge

• Trail of Dead: http://www.trailofdead.org
• Superball Music: http://www.superballmusic.com

Daughn Gibson is accidentally signed to Sub Pop (Sub Pop thought it was getting David Puddy)

Dream-country balladeer and ribbed cotton A-shirt spokesmodel Daughn “Don, Not Dawn” Gibson has up and signed a little old deal with that nice young label down the road called Sub Pop. Fans of either Gibson’s pretty good music or Tiny Mix Tapes’ pretty great writing will recall that Gibson just released All Hell the other month on the White Denim label. So why the sudden change? Rising fame? More money? Wider distribution? Naw, I think it’s probably just that white denim is a bad look for a cowboy.

Gibson’s Sub Pop debut is slated for some time next year. However, to consummate the deal, Gibson did go out of his way (or maybe he didn’t; what the hell do I know?) to sample his new labelmates in Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers on a new track called “Reach into the Fire,” which is streaming below. He also expanded his currently-in-motion US tour, because “touring until it’s no fun anymore” is in his contract now.

Tourdates:

08.23.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
08.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave *
08.25.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
08.26.12 - Denver, CO - Ogden *
08.27.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
08.29.12 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl *
08.30.12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune *
08.31.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
09.01.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF FEST
09.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
09.06.12 - Reno, NV - The Chapel Tavern
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - Music Fest Northwest ^
09.11.12 - Allentown, PA - The Sportsman’s Cafe #
10.29.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - Apop Records
11.01.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
11.03-04.12 - Austin, TX- Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.06.12 - Oxfort, MS - Lamar Lounge
11.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl !

* Yeasayer
^ Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# Merchandise
! Earth

• Daughn Gibson: http://www.daughngibson.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Old Man Gloom announce first West Coast tour after a very gloomy decade away

Metal supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of ISIS, Cave In, Zozobra, and Converge) have announced that they will be “caving in” and “converging” together for some shows. The tour, albeit a short one, will be the band’s first of the West Coast in nearly a decade, in support of their new album, NO. Additionally, for fans in Portland, Old Man Gloom will be joined by Big Business and The Melvins, making a night with not just a supergroup, but a super-lineup. Dates are listed below.

For those of you wondering why it took so long for Old Man Gloom to head back to the West Coast, let me offer an explanation: 2012 actually marks a very significant date, a date predicted by an ancient society: the year of the Cleansing Equinox, a two-week period in September that only occurs every six years when metal-heads from across the globe feel compelled to visit California (the sunniest place on Earth) and step out of their doom-and-gloom lifestyles by hitting the beach, cruising for chicks on the L.A. strip, hanging-ten, getting tans, and making a very uncharacteristic trip to Disneyland. Sociologists agree that the Cleansing Equinox frees the world from an overt level of darkness — at least that’s what my astrologer tells me.

Old Man Gloom West Coast tourdates:

09.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
09.04.12 San Diego, CA - SodaBar*
09.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of theHill**
09.06.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - The Hawthorne Theatre+
09.08.12 - Seattle, WA - The Highline

+ The Melvins, Big Business
* William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious, & Ides of Gemini
** William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious

• Old Man Gloom: http://oldmangloom.bandcamp.com
• Hydra Head: http://www.hydrahead.com

Prince Rama start Kickstarter to fund “now-age psych opera,” create second Kickstarter to fund explanation of what that means

Soon after everybody agreed that the forthcoming Prince Rama record, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, sounds awesome, Prince Rama looked into their mystical pool for their next move. The mystical pool spoke only these words: “Now-Age Psych Opera.” If it was you or me talking to a mystical pool, we’d have no idea what to do with this information. Beyond that, we’d be baffled by this whole mystical pool concept. Prince Rama are not us.

As Prince Rama interpret the “Now-Age Psych Opera,” it is a short film called Prince Rama and The Scorpion Tornado, intended to accompany Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. Short films cost money, though; you can’t pay for ‘em with just karma. Accordingly, Prince Rama have launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce those funds. Their goal is $15,000 within 20 days (16 days left), with incentives including recipes, a producer credit, a role in the film, customized songs, multi-course dinners, and glowing energy. The glowing energy one is not real, but would you have been surprised? No.

So what’s this film about? Let Prince Rama tell it: “SET IN A NOT SO DISTANT DIMENSION, the film takes place in a world ruled by a despotic new-age queen (played by Nimai). In this world of love and light, one existential pop-star (played by Taraka) seeks to discover the depths of her dark side. We follow our heroes as they grapple with inter-dimensional portals and chiseled abs to the inevitable bloody and apocalyptic conclusion.” Oh, so a NOW-age psych opera. Why didn’t you just say so?

If produced, Brooklyn-based studio Astral Projects will shoot the film. The studio’s duo of Tony Lowe and Lily X. Wahrman directed Icon Eye, the documentary focusing on Icon Give Thank (TMT Review), the recent collaborative album from Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and The Congos. Tentatively, the film should see release in November, the same release month as Top 10 Hits of the End of the World. A month later, the world will not end and the cosmos will continue and stuff.

• Prince Rama: http://princerama.tumblr.com
• Astral Projects: http://astral-projects.com

Azealia Banks pushes debut to 2013; Swans’ The Seer still set for August 28

Bad news, human beings looking forward to listening to Azealia Banks’s debut album Broke With Expensive Taste this fall: you can’t. So says Idolator and so says Banks’ Twitter. While the record was originally set for a fall release, it’s been pushed to February 12, 2013. Earlier this year, Banks released the 1991 EP and the Fantasea mixtape, so it’s not like fans of the Harlem MC are at any loss for new material. Still, the delay of her anticipated new album must be at least a little disappointing.

But don’t worry: Swans’s The Seer is still coming out on August 28! Hooray! This was the unasked question that flooded everyone’s mind: “Hey, how is this Azealia Banks delay going to affect Swans?” Good news, it won’t! By now, it’s probably too late to delay the album, so Michael Gira and his mind-obliterating friends will be able to obliterate your mind next Tuesday. Phew! On her Twitter, Banks said that she has “ALOT of REALLY excitin ish happening in btwn!” She’s of course talking about listening to The Seer a ton. Who can blame her? I mean, it’s coming out August 28.

• Azealia Banks: http://www.azealiabanks.com

The Music Tapes start Kickstarter to fund traveling circus tent tour because, like, of course!

Being both the serious devotees and the leading innovators of old-timey, experimental, freak-out circus music that they are, The Music Tapes must have slapped themselves in the forehead pretty darn hard the other day when they realized they’ve never toured the United States of America in a literal traveling circus tent. (I mean, seems like a no brainer that that’s what you’d do if you’re Julian Koster. Just saying.) But then, after they got over how much such an emphatic slap must have hurt, they probably realized that the reason they’ve never done this is simple: it’s actually pretty counter-intuitively expensive to go around pretending like you’re a rootless, roving band of fun-loving carnival folk. And if you’re a rootless, roving band of fun-loving carnival folk that’s trying to keep Kosher or eat vegan or buy organic or keep your iPhone charged so all the singing saw apps work night after night… good night, Irene!

But that’s where this futuristic, new fangled internet contraption called a “Kickstarter” comes in. See, Julian and his pals have a new album coming out September 4 via Merge called Mary’s Voice, and they figure that now’s the time to rectify that touring-circus problem. So they’ve gone ahead and started a humdinger of a jim-dandy of a dilly of a Kickstarter page to offer supporters loads of doodads in exchange for helping to fund this whole shebang, which they’ve dubbed “The Traveling Imaginary.” Check it:

The Traveling Imaginary is an invitation into The Music Tapes’ world. We will tour the United States in a circus tent, transforming spaces into cozy, dreamlike environments for evenings’ worth of music, games, stories, films, and amusements. The Traveling Imaginary is a long-dreamt-of undertaking on a grander scale than anything we have ever done. You, the audience member, will be an honored guest in The Music Tapes’ world – the one in which Julian has lived and recorded in for years.

There are historic tentmakers in England who will help us realize our designs. The goal of $5,000 will cover the cost of the tent and help us purchase a trailer to transport it. It will also contribute towards the sound system the show will require and motor vehicle repairs. All we can raise beyond that will fund the creation of the show itself! We have a great many exciting new Music Tapes amusements and contraptions envisioned for the show! We hope to build as much as we can with your donations.

Actually, as of this moment, they’ve already reached the hoped-for $5,000 goal, but there’s still 20 days left to go for this thing and some pretty handsome prizes for any donation level (starting with an exclusive, funders-only EP at the $10 level and culminating in the freakin’ BANJO Julian used on Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea for any backer who’s got enough balls growing out of his/her back to bring the ballin’ backing of $3,000), so don’t sleep on this. Besides, you heard what the man said up there. There are HISTORIC TENT MAKERS IN ENGLAND involved here, people. Let’s help them build their dream tent! They could probably use the work.

Meanwhile, check out “The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South),” the first track off Mary’s Voice, which we premiered last month:

• The Music Tapes: http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

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